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Chiefs A-Z: a look back at their 41-14 romp over New England

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the bench during the fourth quarter of the football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the bench during the fourth quarter of the football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium AP

An A-Z rewind of the Chiefs’ 41-14 romp over New England and a fast-forward look ahead:

A is for Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs had lost four straight before winning Monday. In the process, Kansas City also reclaimed the Guinness World Records mark for "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium" with a 142.2-decibel eruption. The previous record was 137.6 at Seattle.

B is Belichick, Bill, the Patriots coach, who presided over the most lopsided loss by one of his teams since a 31-0 drubbing by Buffalo on Sept. 7, 2003.

C is for Charles, Jamaal, who raged for 92 yards on 18 carries and caught two touchdown passes after being sidelined with an ankle injury for most of the last two games. Charles came out with cramps, but he returned after getting an IV.

D is for diversity, which the Chiefs offense flashed with a flourish built on the contrast running styles of Charles and bruising Knile Davis and Alex Smith targeting Travis Kelce and Dwayne Bowe for repeated mid-range gains.

E is for explanation offered, a gracious one, by Chiefs Husain Abdullah for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he was assessed after his interception return for a touchdown. Abdullah, a devout Muslim, said it was his belief he was penalized for sliding, not for dropping to pray. "I don’t think it was because of the actual prostration before God," said Abdullah, who smiled and said in the future he will, "Come to a full stop. Get down. Make the prostration. Get up. Get out."

F is for feelings, as in … sorry for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who struggled all game and threw two interceptions? Not a chance, counterpart Alex Smith said, considering Brady’s Super Bowl rings. "No offense, Tom, but no," he said, smiling.

G is for grounded by field position: Thanks in large measure to kicker Cairo Santos, punter Dustin Colquitt and cornerback Phillip Gaines, who downed a punt at the 1-yard line, the Patriots never began a drive past their own 20.

H is for Hali, Tamba, the busy linebacker who had a sack, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (Kansas City’s first of the season). At one one point, he could be seen about 30 yards downfield defending a pass.

I is for interceptions, somehow the first two of the season by the Chiefs (courtesy of Abdullah and Sean Smith).

J is for Justin Houston, the linebacker who had two sacks to give him five for the season and 31.5 in his career. In Chiefs history, only Derrick Johnson reached the 30-sack plateau faster (31 games) than Houston (47).

K is for Knile Davis, who ran for 107 yards on 16 carries to complement Charles. "Knile is starting to believe in himself and is starting to get comfortable," Charles said. "I’m happy for him that he’s really finding his way in this game."

L is for line, offensive, of the Chiefs, which is stabilizing after being plundered in the opener against Tennessee. It wasn’t perfect, allowing two sacks, but it paved the way to 207 rushing yards and helped enable Alex Smith to complete 20 of 26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

M is for Monday Night Football, part one of a circuit-blowing 24 hours at the Truman Sports Complex. The encore comes tonight at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play host to their first playoff game since 1985 … as noted by fans at Arrowhead starting a spontaneous chant of "Let’s Go, Royals."

N is for name, rank, serial number, otherwise known as Belichick’s postgame news conference format. Among his answers to questions: "Yes," "No response" and, "You asked a question, and I answered it."

O is for offenses: The Chiefs had 26 first downs and 443 yards; the Patriots had 13 and 290.

P is for Poe, Dontari, the 6-foot-3, 346-pound defensive tackle who lined up in the backfield for a passing play and blocked New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

Q is for quarterback Alex Smith, who has completed 39 of 51 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions the last two weeks.

R is for Royals in the house, including James Shields, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas and Greg Holland.

S is for San Francisco, up next for the Chiefs … and Smith, who played for the 49ers before the Chiefs acquired him last year

T is for tight ends, three that started the game and one, Travis Kelce, who took another step towards becoming a budding star. Kelce led all Chiefs receivers with career highs of eight catches and 93 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown reception. Of Kelce’s 18 catches this season, 13 have been for first downs, two for touchdowns.

U is for under repair, a key category: Since Tennessee had the ball for just over 22 minutes in the opener, the Chiefs have had it 106:23 to their opponents’ 73:37 after holding it for 36:27 on Sunday.

V is for victory over New England for coach Andy Reid, who had been 0-4 against Belichick.

W is for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who in his 100th career start had five catches for 81 yards to move into third place on the Chiefs career receiving yards list with 6,554. He passed Henry Marshall (6,545). Tony Gonzalez is first with 10,940, and Otis Taylor is second (7,306).

X is for X-factor: speed. The Patriots looked like plodders all night and all across the field compared to the Chiefs.

Y is for yard for the Chiefs in the first half, 303 the most ever amassed in a half against a Belichick-coached team.

Z is for zero chance anyone with any sense would have given the Chiefs of making the playoffs after the unsightly opening 26-10 loss to Tennessee. They may or may not be headed that way now, of course, but at least there’s some open field ahead.

To reach Vahe Gregorian, call 816-234-4868 or send email to vgregorian@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @vgregorian. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com

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